Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Sunday, July 12, 2020
|Loving my journals|
|Create Your Own Ideas notebook|
|... and in His wings, you will find refuge.|
|Journal entry about Charity event hosted by my college TR Class|
|Journal entry about my first and last month of college.|
Monday, June 29, 2020
I want to wish everyone in Canada and the USA
a very happy and safe holiday celebration this week!
I am going to the lake for two days of relaxing and then for Canada Day, this Wednesday, I will be at work from noon to 8 pm. We are having a little Canada Day party in the afternoon. Providing programs and celebrations at a personal care home is extremely challenging right now during this time of quarantine, social distancing, and so many other changes and worries. We are trying to gather people in very small groups, and then we try and position people with some distance between them.
Previously our Canada Day Parties at the personal care home have been huge outdoor events for residents and families complete with a hired musician, food, and decorations and lots of FUN. We always had a huge turnout. This year - What to do? We are setting up the patio and decorating in Red and White, but we are handling it like a mini “come and go” open house style event for the residents so that we only have a few people gathered at a time. It is a significant change and challenges our creativity.
This year our usual ways of celebrating have been so overwhelmingly disrupted. We all want our social contacts to return to what it was before the pandemic, but in the meantime, we still want to share our lives with each other in some way.
What I am impressed with is how resilient people have been. We are, indeed, finding new ways to celebrate and mark special events. My niece’s husband secretly contacted her Facebook friends and arranged for everyone to drive past and honk. He even surprised her by decorated their front yard. She was thrilled with this new version of a birthday celebration. I was pleased to discover that I could attend live-streamed service from my local church this past Easter from my own home.
We are communicating with others and having events on Skype, Zoom or Facetime. People from all over the world are participating in activities in new ways. Some times these changes have been very positive.
I love celebrations!
I even love those days when unusual celebrations occur and sometimes I try and incorporate them into my home life and into my work life at the personal care home. Just to give one random example- Did you know that today, June 29th, is the International Day of the Tropics, which is sponsored by the United Nations? It is kind of the perfect day to buy a tropical plant, have a sweet beachy drink. Click to learn a bit about the fascinating biodiversity of the tropics. Why do we set up these differnt kinds of events and what is the point of it?
What do we celebrate?
We celebrate or commemorate the important markers of our lives. We celebrate our birthdays and commemorate the passing of loved ones. We remember anniversaries. There are special feelings of pride and acknowledgment of your capibilites on the day you get your driver’s licence on the day you graduate from school or when you get that longed-for job or be a winner in that major sports competition.
We celebrate the community acknowledgment of Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Mother’s Day, Fathers Day and many other days with big events or family gatherings. We sometimes do a lot of consumer purchasing to get the right décor, clothing and treats and even cards to share.
Each culture has its unique occasions and ways that they celebrate these days. It might be hoisting a beer stein for Oktoberfest, or it might be watching a dragon dance for Chinese New Year. These celebrations reflect the history, culture and beliefs and geography of a place and a people. It is a way that a group defines itself and binds itself together as a group. It is a way to remember the past traditions of their people and to teach its youth to be proud of their heritage and to continue it into the future.
These special days and moments are centred around universal human experiences. We all experience loss, sadness, fear, accomplishment, and we all look for love, peace, joy, and success. When we act to notice and mark these events and moments, we find meaning in what is happening to us. The sorrowful and the joyful can be shared and let us gain validation for what has happened and our feelings about it. As a group, we can offer each other solace in difficult times, and we can provide practical support too. We can even create a force for change by acknowledging the importance of what has happened.
Back to why do we celebrate?
We have fun and excitement, and we make special memories
Have a wonderful Canada Day and a fantastic Fourth of July.
Make some great memories!
Sunday, June 14, 2020
- Try filling a water pitcher in the fridge with the water you want to drink for the day and then you don't need to measure every cup
- Get yourself a nice water bottle to carry around with you. They are easy to pack and avoid spills.
- Use nice glasses or cups that make you happy. Dig out a favourite cup that is cute or perhaps has a favourite saying on it. How about a vintage teacup and saucer. I like drinking water out of an old cut glass piece. My friend likes using a canning jar.
- Icecubes can make a drink cooler and lovely to drink on a hot day. The temperature of a beverage can affect tastes too.
- Icecube trays come in fancy shapes that add to the fun. Your ice cubes can be frozen juice cubes that will flavour your water and add a touch of colour.
- Add some frozen fruit pieces or add lemon slices to perk up your beverage. I love raspberries floating in my water!
- .I am not beyond adding a decorative slice of fruit or a little paper umbrella like you see on fancy cocktails. Why not?
- If your local water has a taste you don't like, consider getting a filtering system like a Brita or one the many others out there. Bottled water has its place, but please be aware of our environment when making purchases..
Friday, June 12, 2020
- 3 pots
- 3 rocks that can fit in each pot snugly
- 3 shades of green acrylic paint
- white acrylic paint
- average size paintbrush
- fine tip paintbrush
- filler for the bottom. I used white play clay from a dollar store.
- sand or small stones or aquarium gravel
- Googly eyes
- craft glue
- mod podge (optional)
|Cute as can be Curly|
|The Whole Gang.|